Celebrate National Library Week 2015

two girls reading

Did you know that there's a week every year set aside to honor libraries and librarians? I love National Library Week because it's the perfect opportunity to share my favorite children's books about libraries and librarians.  You can read these books aloud, I promise this librarian won't shush you! Ever wanted to explore the library after […]

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It’s All About the Kids!

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Do you have a little one or two or more that are near and dear to you? Why not celebrate them during the Week of the Young Child, April 12-18! Young children are treasures, recognize their creativity by hanging up their artwork around the house. If your kids have unharnessed energy, like my daughters, sign them up for a gymnastics class […]

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Telling the Story of Passover

Seder plate

Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year—and it's definitely my favorite! I enjoy sharing the story of Passover because we are reminded that this is a holiday where questions and interruptions are encouraged. We meet four types of children—the wise, the troublesome, the simple and the child who does not […]

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Springtime in the City

Children's Services Spring Learning Challenge: Springtime in the City

We're challenging the kids of Chicago to find Springtime in the City from April 1 to April 17. Play an outdoor game, investigate nature in your neighborhood or discover why we have seasons. To complete the challenge: Read (book, magazine or website) for 20 minutes a day for five days of spring break Discover new information by […]

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April Fools’ for Kids

Jester reading

Hey kids, April Fools' Day is coming! Be prepared this year with the many great resources the library has for pranks or jokes you can play. Pranklopedia is a fun illustrated guide to pranks from classics like the fake sneeze or garlic breath mint to more modern tricks like causing computer desktop confusion. With lists of required items […]

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Cinderella for All!

glass pumpkins

Everyone may know the French version of Cinderella, featuring the fairy godmother and glass slipper, the best, but more often these tales emphasize a different aspect of the story. Some focus on Cinderella's kindness to animals and to her stepsisters, others on Cinderella's incredible ability to survive. Some are perfect for the youngest readers and […]

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The Joy of Music Instruction

clarinet and trumpet with sheet music

The school year started off with a bang in my house—or should I say a high-pitched SQUEAK! It seems that many schools think the fourth grade is an excellent year to teach kids to play an instrument. Not only did my son get introduced to band instruments during the first few weeks of school, but only two […]

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Crafty Kids Found Here!


The weather is getting warmer, the kids are getting restless, and you still can't spend the whole day outside! Try these fun indoor activities to keep the family busy, get creative and messy, and fend off the winter blues. The Big Book of Things to Make has 100 projects to choose from. Divided into three categories (Make […]

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Happy Birthday, Pluto!

Pluto the dog

Pluto the big, goofy dog, of Disney fame, is how old? You guessed right if you said 85 years old. Walt Disney Productions created Pluto the Pup as Mickey Mouse’s pet dog in 1930. If you have a pet at home you know that animals communicate most often through their expressions, just like Pluto! ”Pluto's Dinosaur […]

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Girls Can Do Anything! Female STEM Pioneers

girl climbing on lava bed

March is Women's History Month, a perfect time to celebrate women's contributions to the sciences. You never know where keeping your eyes open, and a nature journal handy, will lead. Here are some female heroes beyond Marie Curie who demonstrate the power of observation and imagination. Women were not historically encouraged to pursue the sciences. The pioneering naturalists […]

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